Learn your language.

Native guy is carrying a book about learning the Mohawk language. Older settler says “Why you wanna learn your language? Ain’t no good in today’s society.”
Mohawk guy says “So when I get to the Creators land, I can speak to my relatives.”
Settler thinks about it then says, “What if you go to hell?”
Mohawk guy thinks then says “No worries there. I already know English.”

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Grand chief's charge of cultural insensitivity at Ottawa airport triggers investigation
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) says it is investigating after allegations were made by Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak that security staff at the Ottawa International Airport mishandled sacred objects in his carry-on luggage.

Here’s one of the reasons a lot of the spiritual people I know drive everywhere instead of flying. 

NOT INDIGENOUS
NOT TRADITIONAL
NOT ACCEPTABLE
STOP DISENROLLMENT

There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate.
Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/02/08/national-stop-disenrollment-visual-advocacy-movement-launches-163337

http://stopdisenrollment.com/

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I’m just gonna say it. I can’t stand how anti-black the native community has become. What happened in both Flint and on Navajo is extremely devastating where lives are in jeopardy as well as the health of our children is in danger. (As a Dine, I cried when I found out about the destruction of our earth.)

However, for you to say, “how come Flint is getting more attention than the Gold King Mine Spill”, is very much anti-black. When you post and use #NativeLivesMatter, that is also very anti-black. Why? Because what’s happening in both areas is very much wrong. But what you’re doing is you’re belittling the destruction of democracy that was/is happening in Michigan as well as saying that YOU matter more than citizens of Flint, Michigan.

In the Navajo way, when you meet someone of no relation to you, you refer to them as “Shi K’is” or “Shi Dine’e’“.
Shi K’is means, my relative.
Dine’e’ means people or human beings.

So I find it hard to believe that radical Natives/ Navajos are saying that one group of people are more deserving of clean water or in need of more attention when in our own language, we acknowledge each other as relatives and as human beings.

Water is life.

The most over looked crises is right here in north America..and no It’s not take from the the people in other parts of the world like Syria or a crises challenge ..its just the truth and as Natives it been 600 plus years of it . So before you rally and protest ..you might want to look at the  treaties broken over and over again ..or is that to close for you on the land we call home and was taken from us ?and  please fuck off with the  Manifest Destiny The dogmatic American belief in the concept of manifest destiny led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Native Americans from their homes and onto reservations. Beyond that, belief in the idea of manifest destiny directly contributed to other adverse consequences for Native Americans like the US government continually breaking its treaties and the continuation of Native American Genocide

14-year-old Girl Testifying Against Native American Mascots Says Crowd Shouted ‘Get Off the Stage Squaw’

“Get off the stage, squaw!”

Bella Cornell, a 14-year old girl from the Choctaw Nation, said she heard these words as she finished her testimony against the name and mascot of the McLoud High School Redskins during a mid-December school board meeting.

In the packed audience, her mother was distraught watching her daughter. “It was horrible to see,” said Sarah Adams-Cornell, “It takes so much for one of our kids speak up. I wanted to take her out of there and protect her. She’s my child.”

A few weeks prior, Woodrow Wilson, McLoud High’s Indian Education Director, had reached out to Adams-Cornell hoping she would be willing to testify to the school’s board about Native mascots. Several local Native American families had privately voiced their concerns to him, with one family stating they no longer participated in school events because of references to “dumb, subhuman Redskins.”

A vote on the mascot had been scheduled in a meeting open to the public, but the concerned local Native families didn’t want to testify, fearing backlash and bullying against their children. “The Board wouldn’t allow anonymous comments, you had to actually be present at the meeting to speak out,” said Adams-Cornell.

Upon Wilson’s invitation, Adams-Cornell made the trip from Oklahoma City to the small town of McLoud, Oklahoma. Her daughter, Bella, refused to be left out, “My mom raised me traditionally, I know how to treat sacred items, how to treat regalia. To see it used as a plaything is wrong. People aren’t mascots.”

Bella is no stranger to experiencing hostility and ignorance about Native Americans. When she was in 8thgrade, a history teacher gave an account of America’s first peoples that left her stunned and in tears. “He called us vicious vermin and said we were cannibals. Other kids came up to me after and asked if I ate people.”

“She came out to the car in tears,” said Adams-Cornell, “I spoke with the Principal and then with the teacher. He stood by what he taught, the Principal said the school would 'keep an eye on it.’”

At the McLoud School Board meeting, audience members heard defenders of the name state it was an honor and it was tradition. One man was particularly vocal in his defense of Native mascots, at times shouting at Native Americans speaking against mascots – he was a founder of the Native American Guardians Association, a group of Native Americans and allies that claims to preserve the positive imagery of Native mascots.

Multiple psychological studies have empirically shown Native mascots harm the self-esteem of Native youth and indoctrinate racial stereotypes in non-Native children.

The Board vote was unanimous – in a 3-0 vote, McLoud High School would remain the Redskins.

Adams-Cornell has kept in touch with the local Native families who wished to remain anonymous; they’ve now filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

While the 23-year long legal battle between Native Americans and the NFL’s Washington Redskins rages on, several public schools that share the moniker have dropped the name. Backlash against change has been widespread, with some alumni going so far as to run for school board positions vowing to bring back the name.

“It’s strange to see someone who feels so entitled to give their perspective on something that doesn’t negatively affect them or their children,” said Adams-Cornell. “I saw one woman [at McLoud] say that giving her testimony supporting the name was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do. She’s up there crying, when this actually hurts Native children.”

Though she understands her mother’s concerns after the meeting in McLoud, Bella says she will continue to fight. The Choctaw teen hosts a radio show dedicated to Native American youth advocacy. “If we give up, it tells them that they won. What happened to me is what happens when you allow racism.”

Mexican Indigenous Ask Pope to Apologize for Massive Genocide

The Purepechas of Michoacan released a statement asking Pope Francis to apologize for the killing of 24 million Indigenous people.

The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, accused the Catholic Church of being complicit in the killing of over 24 million Indigenous people.
Some 30 Indigenous communities of Michoacan, Mexico, have released a statement demanding Pope Francis apologize for the genocide committed with the complicity of the Catholic Church against their people during the Spanish invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century as well as the fact that they have been victimized for over five centuries.

“For over 500 years, the original people of the Americas have been ransacked, robbed, murdered, exploited, discriminated and persecuted,” the Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan said in the statement.

“Within this framework, the Catholic Church has historically been complicit and allies of those who invaded our land,” they added.

Various Purepechas communities from Michoacan demanded that the pope make a public statement apologizing for the church’s role in the genocide and ongoing disappearance of the Indigenous people of Mexico.

The council also denounced that with weapons and the help of Catholic missionaries, a culture, language, religion and other European values were imposed on the people of Mexico.

"The Bible was the ideological weapon of the Conquerors,” they added ahead of the pope’s visit to Mexico, which begins Feb. 12.

The Spanish intervention and invasion of the Americas represents one of the biggest acts of genocide in history, they said.

“The arrival of the Europeans meant the interruption and destruction of various original civilizations, which had their unique ideas and concepts of the world, our own government, writings, languages, education, religion and philosophy,” the statement added.
The “European invaders” caused the death of 95 percent of the the total Indigenous population within 130 years after the unfortunate arrival of Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes, the council noted.

They highlighted that before the Spaniards arrived to the Mexican region, there were about 25.2 million Indigenous people, and that after 1623, less than 700,000 were left.

The pope is scheduled to visit Morelia, the capital of Michoacan, Feb. 16.

Last year, First Nations people also demanded the pope apologize for the genocide committed by colonization.

Here’s What Happened When These Unarmed Native American Sisters Defended Their Land from the Feds

Like the Bundys, the Dann sisters tried a standoff with the BLM. But it ended very differently. 

The double standard in the media’s treatment of Ammon Bundy and his gang at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is shameful, but the case of the Dann sisters underlines even further the disparity in how non-white activists are treated.

Carrie and Mary Dann, two elderly Shoshone women who have defied seizure of their land, have been repeatedly roughed up and harassed by federal officials and mobs of white ranchers for refusing to cede their claim to land that was illegally stolen from them 30 years ago.

In 1863, the U.S. government signed the Ruby Valley Treaty with the Western Shoshone nation, who laid claim to 26 million acres of land in Nevada, Idaho, and Utah. The Shoshone tribe and the U.S. government agreed that settlers and cowboys had access to the land, but not title. But in the 1970s, the federal Indian Claims Commission ruled that the land no longer belonged to the Shoshone nation due to “gradual encroachment” of white settlers and ranchers. The government seized the land and put $26 million into an account meant for the Shoshone nation in 1979, but the tribe turned down the money, saying they never agreed to sell their land.

[IMAGE: Carrie Dann (left) with her sister Mary (right)]

The Supreme Court gave its blessing to the Indian Claims Commission ruling, claiming that the Shoshone had no claim to the land since the tribe had been paid $26 million. Dann sisters stopped paying grazing fees out of protest in 1973, saying they only honored the Ruby Valley Treaty, and the BLM responded by slapping the sisters with a series of fines totalling $3 million in 1998. Federal officials called for the roundup of the Danns’ horses and cattle, saying they were trespassing on federal land.

”Trespass? Who the hell gave them the land anyway?” Mary Dann said in an interview with the New York Times. ”When I trespass, it’s when I wander into Paiute territory.”

In September of 2001, the government sent in the cavalry to show it was serious about its claim to the Shoshone tract:

“The government considers it public land, and to drive the point home, 40 agents from the Bureau of Land Management descended on the Danns’ ranch in September, heavily armed and fortified with helicopters, and confiscated 232 cattle, which were later sold.

The sisters and their supporters argue that their tribe never legally ceded these range lands. Though the federal government controls 85 percent of Nevada, they contend that it has no legitimate title to the land — or the gold, water, oil and geothermal energy beneath it.”

Because the Dann sisters refused to leave their land, the government once again began seizing large numbers of their livestock in 2003, claiming the horses and cattle were grazing at the public’s expense. BLM officials even deputized local cowboys to assist with the livestock seizure. At which point, the sisters were forced to remove over 400 remaining horses from the disputed range, many of them pregnant mares, but they lost track of many in the forced move.

Furthermore, they were caught in a catch-22 regarding these stray horses that ran away in the chaos, wherein even strays marked with the Danns’ brand would be seized and auctioned if not claimed, but the sisters would incur trespassing fines if they did claim these horses.

While Mary Dann died on the ranch in 2005, her sister Carrie continues to protest for Indigenous rights in her old age. Oxfam made a short documentary about the two sisters’ struggle to keep their land. Watch it below:

Alternatives to ‘Sioux’

As you may know, the word ‘Sioux’ is considered to be a slur amongst members of the Oceti Sakowin. It is not our word for ourselves, but rather a name given to us by another nation and perpetuated by the Europeans / Euro-Americans.

You also may have noticed that our official tribe names often contain the word ‘Sioux’ (‘Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe’ for example.) The reason for this is entirely legal. When our treaties were drafted, they were written as an agreement between the US Government and the ‘Sioux Nation.’ For this reason, we cannot fully abandon the name. However, when we’ve had opportunities, we’ve dropped the name in places we can (’Oglala Lakota County,’ for example, a name chosen by the rezidents.)

Simply put, members of the Oceti Sakowin generally don’t refer to themselves as ‘Sioux’ and, if we can’t change it legally, at least we can continue to assert our identity on our terms. So, if you choose to respect that, here’s a quick Oceti Sakowin education guide:

Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) 

Oceti Sakowin (encompasses all language dialects) is the simplest and broadest replacement for ‘Sioux.’ You can use this term if you aren’t aware of the specific language group to which ‘Sioux’ refers. Within the Oceti Sakowin are three main groups, which are further divided into seven subgroups:

Isanti Oyate (Santee — Dakota Dialect)

  • Ble Wakantunwan (Mdewakanton*) - Spirit Lake
  • Wahpetunwan (Wahpeton) - Leaf Village
  • Wahpe Kute Tunwan (Wahpekute) - Leaf Archers
  • Sinsin Tunwan (Sisseton) - Swamp Village

Wiciyela Oyate (Yankton/Yanktonais — Dakota Dialect ; commonly mislabeled as Nakota* Dialect)

  • Ihanktunwan - End of Horn Village
  • Ihanktunwanna - Little End of Horn Village

Tinte Oyate (Tetons — Lakota Dialect)

  • Tinte Ta Tunwan (Tintatunwan Oceti Sakowin) - Plains Nation

Within the Tinte Ta Tunwan / Tintatunwan Oceti Sakown (#7), there are another seven subdivisions:

Tintatunwan Oceti Sakowin - Lakota

  • Oglala - Scatters Their Own (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation)
  • Sicangu - Burnt Thighs (Rosebud Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation)
  • Hwohwoju (Mnikiwoju/Mniconjou) - Swamp Plant  (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Itazipcola (Itazipco) - No Bow  (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Owohe Nunpa (Oohenunpa) - Two Paunch Boiler (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Sihasapa - Black Feet (Cheyenne River Reservation, Standing Rock Reservation)
  • Hunkpapa - End of Horn (Standing Rock Reservation)


*modern terminology
*In the past, the term Nakota has been applied to the Yankton, but this is a mistake. The Yankton speak Dakota. Nakota speakers are Assiniboine / Hohe and Stoney, who broke off from the Yankton at a time so long ago their language is now nearly unrecognizable to Lakota and Dakota speakers.

All native women are beautiful, across tribes, nations, clans, on the reservation and off, all native women are radiating strength, anger, light, and beauty and it’s so refreshing that we are living in a day and age where I get to look at my sisters in the moment, their moments, instead of being propped up in front of a buckskin backdrop for white titillation.